6/08/2011

summer kick-off weekend

Summer has finally reached the shores of Lake Michigan! I'm sure the city was collectively thinking it may never arrive, considering just 3 weeks ago we were all still wearing our winter coats. Summer began in a major way for me this past weekend, first with the SlutWalk (which deserves its own post because I feel the need to sanctimoniously delve into the issues surrounding rape culture and sexual assault stigmatization and ugh just everything and I am sorry in advance if that future post is preachy),  and then with not one, but TWO shows by my dear friends A Place to Bury Strangers. I've been a fan of Oliver's music since the days of Skywave which I guess makes me some kind of Real Shoegazer OG, probably the equivalent of being a worldwide underwater basketweaving champion. Which is to say, of course, completely useless and laughable in the grand scheme of things. But!



First things first, I suppose. Here's what I wore to their show at the street fest. Risto dress from Filene's (my mid-twenties bank account loves you, Filene's <2 <3).  Zana Bayne harness that you're probably sick of seeing me wear (IDGAF). Waaaay old shredded tights that I'll be wearing all summer. Thrifted bag, Alexander Wang boots from eBay that I like to wear socks with pulled over so they don't look like very obvious Alexander Wang boots. Still on a mall goth kick. I just find it incredibly hilarious to poke fun at a lifestyle I took so! seriously! as a 15-year-old. The poor sartorial decisions of my teenage years are proving to be a source of inspiration for my twenties, albeit somewhat ironically and mostly self-mockingly. I also wanted to dress slightly trashy because I wanted to mirror the Do-Division street fest around me. As you can see, poor Division Street was reduced to a chaos of spilled beer and the trampled containers that probably once housed said beers.

So like I said, A Place to Bury Strangers performed two shows. One at Do-Division, the other at the hallowed Empty Bottle which is one of my favorite places to see live music in Chicago. If you've never seen A Place to Bury Strangers, I'll just summarize it quickly by saying that it's an experience. Oliver thrashes his guitar all over the stage in a disorienting effort to drag as much feedback out of the stacks as he can; it looks very chaotic and perhaps parts of it are, but much of it is quite calculated. Once his guitar strings are shredded beyond playability, he will create effects-laden noise with his his amp plug and custom-made Death by Audio pedals alone. And of course, their music is ear-splittingly loud thanks to an amplification system that would be serviceable for a stadium show. I've only ever seen one band that was louder than these guys: My Bloody Valentine. Click for better res.


 Who needs strings?!











It's always incredibly gratifying to see friends do well because they are talented. I'm a firm believer that exceptional bands/artists/designers/etc deserve to be successful.

22 comments:

Stefanie said...

You shouldn't have to apologize for being "sanctimonious" and "preachy". You're not telling people to convert to Scientology or to start living off of the cabbage diet, you're denouncing rape and the culture which surrounds it. You should never feel ashamed of standing up for what's right.

meagan said...

i'm not apologizing for denouncing rape culture. i'm pre-emptively apologizing for my particular writing style and general attitude which i've been told many times by many people, even my feminist friends, comes off as self-righteous. it's just the way i am.

readysetfashion said...

haha, love your idea with the wang boots.

John Henry Eden said...

Mad photobomb by that girl to your right.

Amy Creyer said...

I really, really, really need a Zana Bayne harness.

Kat said...

I also, really, really need a zana bayne harness.

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You have opinions. Good ones, with lots of reason and sense behind them. And this is YOUR blog, and YOUR piece of the internet. Anyone who doesn't like that should just go away.

And i have never find you self righteous -- and i am one to quickly make that kind of assumption about a person.

You've passed my test: you're not preachy or anything.

Kat said...

(By the way, i figure i should tell you you make me proud to have a vagina.)

Amy T said...

ahahah i know what you mean about that goth stage. i had it at the age of 13 onwards. hardcore

the fashion turd said...

How strange, I went to see A Place To Bury Strangers in London last year!...a friend of mine is good friends with the band too!....unfortunately i had indulged in too many ciders before the gig so my experience of them live is a little hazy, but i remember it being a very atmospheric noise! ...and then i fell asleep on the bus home and ended up miles from my house.oh.

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Love the glasses- looks like such a sick gig!
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meg // morningmidnight said...

sorry, no intelligent comments other than OMFG THIS DRESS

Tea For Two said...

Looks like the band gave a riveting performance. Live music is so invigorating.

I love your outfit. The Zana Bayne harness is fantastic. The nods to all things goth goth are skilfully chic :)

Brandon said...

I agree with all the comments so far. Your voice is YOUR voice. If someone doesn't like it they don't get to comment on it they can fucking leave. You have incredibly valid opinions and I've been thinking a lot about how you write because I think we both have that self-deprecating writing style. It's difficult because there are so many shitty blogs out there that write and preach as you say and then when there are a few that actually write something worth saying it's difficult to do so without being self-deprecating.

YOUR VOICE IS VALID!

Also wear that ZB leather to death, it becomes you and I don't think anyone here can fault you one wearing it almost all the time. I know I do the same with the things I love! ZB I'm sure is super proud!

Caroline Ergy Erg said...

Ahh, i agree with all above, i can't wait to read this next post :)
Plus your dress is super cool, and that bag-jealous!
xxxxx
ps
Thanks so much for your comment, it's one of my favourites i've decided as the Cocteau Twins are my favourite band EVER and forever will be :D

Roma said...

I wish we had a slut walk up here in albany. I mean jeezums, I feel like were I live in particular is were women's voices should be heard more. I love your zana harness, would a 15 year old be able to wear that? I am seriously considering buying one.I love a place to bury strangers.

nicolette said...

i was sure i had commented on this already. did i imagine that? where did my words go? hm. i'm confused. well, not surprisingly, i think you look beautiful. that dress + harness combo = killing it. and, i had something really smart before that i wrote, but i'll just echo everyone else and repeat that - your opinions/the way you've conveyed them are NOT self righteous, they're entirely valid, necessary, and things that you should scream from rooftops cause more people need to hear it.

it's almost 2 am i'm probably not making any sense.

xoxo.

Flow Disruption said...

I would love to hear about your Slutwalk experience! And I would definitely love to hear your views just the way you wanna say them. Passion is what's real!

And hell yes to the harness. Love it! :)

Ivania said...

absolutely adore that harness
*so cool that you read the dutch magazine Blend :)

Meagan said...

I love your unending plethera of plaid-ish gothy dresses. Also the blood pouring down his face is beautiful.

Emilija said...

Nice post!

You've got a cute blog, maybe you'd like to follow each other?

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Cecilie said...

The Zana Bayne harness is so nice!

Melissa said...

hooray, another girl in chicago with a zana bayne harness!

love your style, i found you through R29. :)